Starbucks is paying for its employees’ college educations, and that statement comes with fewer footnotes than you might expect.
The biggest asterisk is that students must be juniors or seniors enrolled full-time through Arizona State University’s online course program.
But employees don’t have to be full-time at Starbucks. Any employee working on average at least 20 hours per week is eligible for the program. Nor do they need to reimburse Starbucks in the future or continue working for Starbucks after they graduate.
Students in ASU’s online courses are admitted through the university’s usual admissions process. They access course materials, turn in assignments, and interact with classmates and professors through an online portal. When they finish a program, they receive the same degree as students taking courses on the physical campus.
Though the Starbucks program is aimed at helping juniors and seniors complete their degrees, Starbucks is also beginning a partial tuition scholarship program for freshmen and sophomores.